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Indian intel agencies want 52 Chinese apps blocked

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Indian intelligence agencies want the government to block or stop the usage of 52 mobile applications linked to China over concerns about their safety. The agencies, Hindustan Times reported, also believe these apps were extracting a large amount of data outside India.

The list of applications that have been flagged down by security establishment include short-video app TikTok, UC browser, Xender, SHAREit, Clean-master and video conferencing app Zoom among others.

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The newspaper reported that the recommendations have also found support from the National Security Council Secretariat. “The discussions on the recommendations are continuing,” Hindustan Times quoted an official as saying.

Earlier the home ministry had warned of the use of Zoom citing security concerns. Thanks to the security concerns, countries like Taiwan, Germany and the United States have advised its citizens to switch to other apps. Earlier there were reports of the app being hacked and porn sites being shown while people were in conference.

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